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The Record for March 7

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Maynard Short: Executive session?

The Emerald Mountain Partnership has been trying to muzzle the voice of the Citizens Group for some time, and they have now found a way.

Dan Blau: 'Passion' message

In her letter last Wednesday, Lynne Heilbron claimed that the message of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" is love and compassion rather than anti-Semitism.

Memory of a soldier

Mark Lawton's family struggles to go on without him

Sherri Lawton lives on a dirt road about five miles outside of Hayden at the end of a long driveway. She rarely leaves except to get groceries or make a trip to Wal-Mart.

Dog owners nip leash laws

A designated dog park could be best compromise, some say

As Edie Fogliano walked her golden retriever, Sage, up Spring Creek Trail, her surroundings were peculiarly quiet for a sunny Friday afternoon.

Taylor, White tackle deficit

State legislators made their case for solving a budget crisis created in part by the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights and Amendment 23 during a town meeting held Saturday in Steamboat Springs.

routt county Spotlight: Diane Moore

Diane Moore Age: Old enough Occupation: Social work Place of birth: Lincoln, Neb.

Competing with style

Steamboat Pentathlon participants finish races their own way

Inspired. Tired. Wired. More than 270 people -- a new record -- took part in the 13th annual Steamboat Pentathlon on Saturday at Howelsen Hill, and almost all finished one of Steamboat's most grueling annual events with a different expression on his or her face and a different emotion in his or her body.

Stettner receives Hazie Award

The odor was unbearable. Arianthe Stettner and Jayne Hill ducked into the crawl space to search for the source of the stink, where they found a pile of dead skunks -- which complemented the piles of dead mice they found in the walls.

Big-box competition?

Steamboat sports stores not worried about Gart, focus on expertise, service

An advertisement in the Denver newspaper Thursday touted Rossignol skis for $60, Nordica boots for $75 and fleece vests, your choice, for $10. How will Steamboat Springs' sporting goods stores compete with those prices when Gart Sports comes to town?

Our View: Big-box blues or benefits?

Gart Sports is coming to Steamboat Springs. Gauging the impact the national sporting goods chain will have is not easy -- there are pluses and minuses. And while the city has held discussions about ways to limit big-box growth, there is no reasonable argument to prevent the store from coming.

Lights, camera, action

Soda Creek fifth-graders shine in front of camera, work behind the scenes

Directing has more than one meaning in the audio/visual room at the back of Soda Creek Elementary School's media center.

Class notes for March 7

The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club recently named Bailey Draper, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, its January student of the month.

Old West in new light

Steamboat artist adds color to vintage images

The pioneer photographer Laton A. Huffman would be stunned if he could visit Two Rivers Gallery in downtown Steamboat Springs. And he almost certainly would approve of the painstaking hand-coloring by Janna Marxuach-Steur that enhances his sepia-toned images.

Mogul skiers take the stage

SSWSC member places second in Rocky Mountain Divisional

Mike Friedberg and Alison Levy took top honors in the first of three mogul events at the Rocky Mountain Divisional championships in Steamboat Springs.

Medical center gets a face-lift

Oak Creek's 40-year-old facility is repainted, renovated and ready for business

When patrons walk in the door of the South Routt Medical Center in Oak Creek, they can't help but notice the building's new look, receptionist Donna Sullivan said.

South Routt calendar

The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Preschool story hour is at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. For more information, call Wendy at 736-8371 or 638-4654.

John F. Russell: Athletes wait out the winter

The temperatures are rising, the snow seems a little wetter as it falls, and if you've walked through the hallways and gyms of Steamboat Springs High School, you know that spring is in the air.

Wind fails to chill action

Steamboat's Mader takes second place in girls junior moguls

A stiff, cold wind blew across the Voodoo mogul course for most of the afternoon, but it did little to chill the efforts of Steamboat Springs' Caterina Mader or Team Summit's Jordan Poyfair.

Omar M. Campbell: Justice center traffic

In the March 4 edition of the Steamboat Today, there was another article about the final location of the justice center that announced an organization was forming to lobby for the downtown location.

Hazel E. Steele (1916-2004)

Former Oak Creek resident Hazel E. Steele passed away March 1, 2004, in Boulder. She was 87.

Steamboat opens baseball season today

For once, it seems, the Steamboat Springs baseball team caught a break, though it came at the expense of another program.

Rodney RaY Van Winkle (1943-2004)

Former Routt County resident Rodney Ray Van Winkle died March 1, 2004, in Grand Junction. He was 60.

Drip by drip

Homemade ice wall keeps residents in practice

In John Beaupre's back yard, a 52-foot wall of ice rises up, glowing blue from the spotlights that allow climbers to see the next hold late into the night.

Maxwell William Wilcox: Feb. 23, 2004

Maxwell William Wilcox, son of Marjorie and Benjamin Wilcox of Steamboat Springs, was born at 10:29 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2004. He weighed 5 pounds and 4 ounces and was 18 inches long. His siblings are Naomi and Zachary Wilcox. His grandparents are Mary and William Roberts of North Ridgeville, Ohio, and Susan and John March of Fountain Valley, Calif.

Susie Moran: Basketball thanks

To everyone connected with Steamboat Springs High School basketball, thank you for all of your time and energy that went into an exciting year.

Aliyah Vanessa Saldivar Schmidt: Feb. 24, 2004

Aliyah Vanessa Saldivar Schmidt, daughter of Leann Schmidt and Cesar Arturo Saldivar of Steamboat Springs, was born at 3:05 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces and was 18.5 inches long. Her sibling is Dylan Schmidt. Her grandparents are Otto and Peggy Schmidt of Meeker, Maria del Refujio Balbuena of Chihuahua, Mexico, and Jose Arturo Saldivar of Chihuahua, Mexico.

Selisa Faith Bugg: Feb. 26, 2004.

Selisa Faith Bugg, daughter of Leslie and Martin Bugg of Hayden, was born at 4:42 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2004. She weighed 8 pounds and 5 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. Her siblings are Amanda and Jennifer Bugg. Her grandparents are Dolores Orpi of Hayden, Michael Orpi of Craig, and Sonny and Maryann Lieske of Milner.

Avalon Rose Faith Thunstrom: Feb. 26, 2004

Avalon Rose Faith Thunstrom, daughter of Courtnay and Nils Thunstrom of Steamboat Springs, was born at 8:06 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2004. She weighed 4 pounds and 13 ounces and was 17.75 inches long. Her sibling is Daisy Thunstrom. Her grandparents are Judy and Gordon Jones of Steamboat Springs, and Annie and Mike Tryon of San Diego.

Hayden prepares to grow

Residents enjoy small-town charm

Longtime Hayden resident Forrest Frentress loaned an out-of-town friend his truck to drive into town. When the friend came back, he told Frentress everyone in town waved to him. "They weren't waving at you," Frentress told him. "They were waving at the truck."

Sound off for March 7

I'd like to do everything I can to keep you from printing Maureen Dowd's columns in the Steamboat Pilot & Today. This is a Christian nation. The movie "The Passion of the Christ" is all about Christianity. Dowd doesn't have any idea what Christianity is all about or she would not write what she wrote. She has written other commentaries that are way, way off base. I don't see why this newspaper has to print the things she writes, and I will do everything I can think of to keep you from doing it.

Transactions for March 7

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer n ROBERT VAIL BARNES TRUST AND MARY JOHANNA BARNES TRUST, BARNES, ROBERT VAIL, TRUSTEE BARNES, MARY JOHANNA, TRUSTEE TO NERESON, RONALD G. AND NERESON, SHARON M., NO EXHIBIT ATTACHED -- $66,100

Resident property tax bills down

Routt County Assessor Amy Williams predicted in June 2003 that residential property taxpayers in Routt County would not see a painful increase in taxes when their notices arrived in early 2004. In many cases, she was correct.

Hayden may get high-end subdivision

The first high-end subdivision in the Hayden area is up for final approval. The developers of Hidden Springs Ranch hope to begin selling lots -- which start at $169,000 -- within the next month.

SOS teaching lifelong lessons

The snowboarding is the fun part, but the lifelong lessons the Snowboard Outreach Society seeks to teach its students are the important part.